Tropical Storm Harvey: Houston braces for even more flooding, officials forced to open dams – Australia News

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August 29, 2017 11:18:05

The devastating floodwaters unleashed on Houston by Tropical Storm Harvey are likely to worsen as officials release water from swollen reservoirs to protect homes and the city’s downtown area from further damage.

Key points:

  • As the city braces for more rain officials have been forced to release water from dams
  • Thousands of people have been evacuated, services struggling to keep up with calls for assistance
  • Weather Service Officials predict Brazos River water could rise to 18 metres

About 30,000 residents of the US’s fourth-largest city are expected to be left temporarily homeless as National Weather Service officials predict the water could rise to 18 metres, in what has been described as an “800-year flood level”.

Harvey became the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, 350 kilometres south of Houston.

It is expected to remain over the state’s Gulf Coast for the next few days, dropping a year’s worth of rain in a week.

The city of Houston stopped short of ordering a full evacuation due to concerns about people being stranded on city highways consumed by floods.

Estimates of the death toll vary, but at least seven people have been confirmed killed…

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